iOS 16.3 launches next week — here are the new features for your iPhone

Get ready for an update to iOS 16, iPhone users. iOS 16.3, which is currently in beta, is coming to your phone next week, bringing a few new features, some bug fixes and some tie-ins for Black History Month.

Word of iOS 16.3’s imminent release comes from Apple itself, which let the launch date slip in a press release highlighting the company’s efforts on behalf of Black History Month. (opens in new tab) in February. Besides spotlights on curated content in the Music, TV, News and Podcasts apps, Apple is adding a Unity watch face and iPhone wallpaper that incorporates colors of the Pan-African flag.

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Both the Unity 2023 watch face and Unity iPhone wallpaper will require iOS 16.3. And in the fine print of Apple’s Black History Month announcement from yesterday (January 18), the company says the watch face and wall paper “will be available next week.” That would seemingly imply the iOS update is coming too.

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